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Man attempts to steal cop car with officer inside

20-year-old man charged with attempted grand theft

A Florida man took a bold move by trying to steal a cop's car with the officer sitting inside of it.
A Florida man took a bold move by trying to steal a cop's car with the officer sitting inside of it. (Scott Davidson/Wikimedia Commons)

A Florida man took a bold move by trying to steal a cop's car with the officer sitting inside of it.

Officer Robie Troutman says he was in his patrol vehicle writing a report when 20-year-old Aaron Orlando Rodriguez tried to break in, according to USA Today.

"While in my vehicle, I heard the rear passenger side door handle make noise and then the front passenger side door handle make noise, where I was positioned seated in the driver seat of my clearly marked Fort Pierce Police Department Patrol vehicle," the officer's report read.

When the officer opened his door to investigate, Rodriguez ran and hid behind another vehicle.

"Rodriguez said he saw my vehicle was running so he attempted to steal the vehicle so he had a ride home."

Rodriguez was charged with attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling and possession of drug equipment.